What does containment mean?

Definitions for containmentkənˈteɪn mənt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. containment(noun)

    a policy of creating strategic alliances in order to check the expansion of a hostile power or ideology or to force it to negotiate peacefully

    "containment of communist expansion was a central principle of United States' foreign policy from 1947 to the 1975"

  2. containment(noun)

    (physics) a system designed to prevent the accidental release of radioactive material from a reactor

  3. containment(noun)

    the act of containing; keeping something from spreading

    "the containment of the AIDS epidemic"; "the containment of the rebellion"


  1. Containment(n.)

    the act of containing.

  2. Containment(n.)

    (Diplomacy) the act or policy of restricting the influence or territorial growth of a hostile nation. The policy of containment is employed when the defeat of a hostile nation or overthrow of its government is considered impractical or too costly.

  3. Containment(n.)

    the act of restricting some deleterious substance within a confined space, especially when such material is released unintentionally or by accident; as, containment of nuclear waste; containment of an oil spill. Also used attributively, as a containment boom.

  4. Containment(n.)

    a structure surrounding a nuclear power plant designed to prevent release of radioactive materials into the environment in the event of an accident.


  1. containment(Noun)

    the act of containing or something contained

  2. containment(Noun)

    a policy of checking the expansion of a hostile foreign power by creating alliances with other states; especially the foreign policy strategy of the United States in the early years of the Cold War

  3. containment(Noun)

    a physical system designed to prevent the accidental release of radioactive or other dangerous materials from a nuclear reactor or industrial plant.

  4. containment(Noun)

    an inclusion

Webster Dictionary

  1. Containment(noun)

    that which is contained; the extent; the substance


  1. Containment

    Containment was a United States policy to prevent the spread of communism abroad. A component of the Cold War, this policy was a response to a series of moves by the Soviet Union to enlarge communist influence in Eastern Europe, China, Korea, Africa, and Vietnam. It represented a middle-ground position between appeasement and rollback. The basis of the doctrine was articulated in a 1946 cable by U.S. diplomat George F. Kennan. As a description of U.S. foreign policy, the word originated in a report Kennan submitted to U.S. Defense Secretary James Forrestal in 1947, a report that was later used in a magazine article. It is a translation of the French cordon sanitaire, used to describe Western policy toward the Soviet Union in the 1920s. The word containment is associated most strongly with the policies of U.S. President Harry Truman, including the establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a mutual defense pact. Although President Dwight Eisenhower toyed with the rival doctrine of rollback, he refused to intervene in the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. President Lyndon Johnson cited containment as a justification for his policies in Vietnam. President Richard Nixon, working with advisor Henry Kissinger, followed a policy called détente, or relaxation of tensions. This involved expanded trade and cultural contacts, as well as the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of containment in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of containment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. The Texas Republican:

    All we're seeing is a policy of containment.

  2. Frederic Hof:

    This all adds up to attempted containment - getting through 2016 until it becomes someone else's problem.

  3. Mark Siegler:

    The coming together of two laudable movements -- death with dignity and cost containment -- concerns me Patients have a right to die. But do they have a duty to die

  4. Andy Yoo:

    It was containment, the police cut off traffic out of Koreatown, while we were trapped on the other side without help. Those roads are a gateway to a richer neighborhood. It can't be denied.

  5. Alexander Grushko:

    There cannot be a return to 'business as usual' with NATO as long as the alliance does not reconsider its containment policy toward Russia and does stop bloating the myth of a military threat from Russia.

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